March 1, - May 31, 2020

Theme: Justice

The study this quarter focuses on justice as presented in Scriptures from the prophets and in the reading for Easter Sunday, which is taken from First Corinthians. The Prophets communicated God's will to the people. They called for repentance and justice.

Unit 3: May 2020

Called to God's Work of Justice

This unit has five lessons that explore ways that people are called to participate in God's work 0f justice. Zephaniah presents both a judgement against the wickedness and injustice of Jerusalem and a vision of restoration. Zechariah calls for a return to God's way of justice. In Jeremiah, God's rigorous standards for justice are defined and God's people are given a choice either to repent injustices by executing justice or to face destruction. Hosea use early history to call the people to love and justice.

June 7 - August 30, 2020

Theme: Wisdom

People experience God's wisdom in both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. During this quarter, we explore the many facets of wisdom as recorded in the book of Proverbs, in the Gospels, and in the letter written by James.

Unit 1: June 2020

Wisdom in Proverbs

This unit explores the nature of God's wisdom as found in the book of Proverbs. These lessons describe how wisdom calls to us. The value of wisdom and gifts she offers, and finally the metaphor of the feast of wisdom.

Lesson 1: June 7th, The Call of Wisdom, Proverbs 1:1-4, 7-8, 10, 20-22, 32-33

Lesson 2: June 14th, The Value of Wisdom, Proverbs 2:1-11

Lesson 3: June 21st, The Gifts of Wisdom, Proverbs 8:8-14, 17-21

Lesson 4: June 28th, Wisdom's Feast, Proverbs 9:1-6, 8-10, 13-18

Unit 3: August 2020

Faith and Wisdom in James

This unit offers a five-lesson study of wisdom as seen in the letter of James. These lessons explore the interaction of faith and wisdom, including practical advice regarding faith in action and training the tongue. The study ends by contrasting two kinds of wisdom.

Lesson 9: August 2nd, Faith and Wisdom, John 1:1-11

Lesson 10: August 9th, Hearing and Doing the Word, James 1:19-27

Lesson 11: August 16th, Faith Without Works Is Dead, James 2:14-26

Lesson 12: August 23rd, Taming the Tongue, James 3:1-12

Lesson 13: August 30th, Two Kinds of Wisdom, James 3:13-18; 5:7-12